Third Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop – Wetlands Mitigation and Long-Term Stewardship: Financial Challenges and Title Issues

November 12, 2015 10:30 am — 4:15 pm
Gulfport, FL (and webinar)

ELI and Stetson Law are pleased to sponsor the 3rd Annual ELI-Stetson Wetlands Workshop.  The 2008 Federal Compensatory Mitigation rule states that a key component of a long-term management plan is the identification of a funding mechanism to meet management needs. Long-term financing mechanisms can include non-wasting endowments, trusts, and contractual arrangements with future responsible parties. With more than seven years of experience under the rule, it is an appropriate time to consider what approaches have worked well—as well as those approaches that have performed poorly. The 2008 rule also provided that compensatory mitigation projects must have long-term protection through real estate instruments, such as conservation easements, title transfer to appropriate entities, restrictive covenants, or other mechanisms. These protections must, to the extent appropriate and practicable, prohibit incompatible uses that might otherwise jeopardize the objectives of the compensatory mitigation project. This workshop featured speakers from various mitigation banks and federal and local governments for an in-depth discussion on the issues surrounding the long-term financing and legal protection of wetland mitigation sites.

This event is cosponsored by the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Florida Bar.


7:15 am

Mitigation Site Field Trip led by Ecosystem Investment Partners (optional)

11:30 am


12:00 pm

Opening Remarks

12:15 pm

Session One: Long-Term Funding Mechanisms: Lessons Learned and Best Practices
Foreman Biodiversity Lecture: Jenny Thomas, U.S. EPA

12:45 pm

Panel Discussion:

  • Greg DeYoung, Westervelt Ecological Services
  • John Emery, Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Bob Polin, National Fish and Wildlife Federation
  • Moderator: Royal Gardner, Stetson University College of Law

2:00 pm


2:30 pm

Session Two: Conflicts in Title: Balancing Competing Property Rights
Introductory Lecture: Paul Boudreaux, Stetson University College of Law

3:00 pm

Panel Discussion:

  • Gray Stevens, EarthBalance Corporation
  • Seth Johnson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Jacksonville District
  • Clay Henderson, Stetson Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience
  • Moderator: Palmer Hough, U.S. EPA

4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

5:15 pm

Reception hosted by Stetson University College of Law